As a performer, puppet designer, movement consultant & director at the high end of film, television & theatre, Todd’s been working in the entertainment industry for nearly forty years. Roles include: Goblins in Jim Henson’s “Labyrinth”, some Jessica Rabbit in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, Batman’s cape, Grawp in “HARRY POTTER V”, lots of Muppets, Woola in “John Carter” and recently establishing the Creature Fx dept for the BBC/HBO TV series, “His Dark Materials”… acting as head of department and master puppeteer. This job involved creating a multitude of proxy Daemons & full-size Armoured Bear rigs. Many of the projects Todd has worked on have won Oscars, Emmys & Bafta’s.
Todd’s passion is the Natural World and helping people to positively engage with it. He is a longstanding patron of the wildlife charity, Save The Rhino International and has been involved with conservation projects throughout his life.
Whenever possible, he uses his art ‘in the service of the environment’ …from Arctic to Africa, polar bears to stag beetles. His goal… to draw attention to humankind’s impact on the planet and to have fun while doing so. In 1994, he walked across Kenya and climbed Kilimanjaro in a rhinoceros costume to raise awareness and monies for schools in Africa.
And this year, for COP26 in Glasgow, he’s creative lead on a major Wales/Namibia environmental collaboration, using VR and AR delivered via EV tricycles as the basis for a citizen science/citizen art project to draw attention to biodiversity loss.
Throughout his career he has embraced changes in the industry… the reality of climate change and the goal of achieving net zero require the industry to change radically.
Todd’s TEDx talk on Muppets & Mussels